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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abscission  \Ab*scis"sion\,  n.  [L.  abscissio.  See  {Abscind}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  process  of  cutting  off  ``Not  to  be  cured 
  without  the  abscission  of  a  member.''  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  cut  off  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
 
  3.  (Rhet.)  A  figure  of  speech  employed  when  a  speaker  having 
  begun  to  say  a  thing  stops  abruptly:  thus  ``He  is  a  man 
  of  so  much  honor  and  candor,  and  of  such  generosity  --  but 
  I  need  say  no  more.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abscission 
  n  1:  shedding  of  flowers  and  leaves  and  fruit  following  formation 
  of  scar  tissue  in  a  plant 
  2:  the  act  of  cutting  something  off  [syn:  {cutting  off}] 




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